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Lateral Link Acquires Cadence Counsel

Business Wire (10/08/15)

Los Angeles-based legal search firm Lateral Link has acquired Cadence Counsel, a legal staffing firm specializing in providing top-tier lawyers for project and variable term engagements.

Economists See U.S. on Cusp of ‘Full’ Employment

Wall Street Journal (10/08/15) Josh Zumbrun

Fifty-six percent of 64 business and academic economists polled believe the U.S. will reach a state of full employment within the first half of next year, according to a survey by the Wall Street Journal. Nearly one fifth of the surveyed economists think the U.S. labor market has already reached full employment. However, the typical wage growth that follows full employment may not happen quickly. Skilled workers will do well, but the wages and the salaries of the average worker will increase modestly over time.

Fed’s Rate Delay Spurred by Worry Over Low Inflation, Minutes Show

Wall Street Journal (10/08/15) Jon Hilsenrath

Officials held off on raising short-term interest rates due to concerns about inflation being stuck at ultra-low levels, according to the minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s September meeting. Officials did indicate that the economy is near “full employment,” but they were not convinced that inflation would soon move back toward the Fed’s 2% target. The inflation rate is expected to remain low due to the surge in the dollar—which has depressed import prices—and declines in oil and other commodity prices.

Private-sector hiring cooled in August and September, which could signal that the economy’s growth is slowing. Janet Yellen, the Fed chairman, said officials worry that “recent global economic and financial developments [have] imparted some restraint to the economic outlook and placed further downward pressure on inflation in the near term.”

ASA Headquarters Closed Monday

In observance of Columbus Day, ASA will be closed Monday, Oct. 12. Staffing Today will be delivered as usual.

Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending Oct. 4.

auNext Solutions LLC
Plano, TX

Champion Personnel Inc.
Reading, PA

DPA Services Inc.
Peoria, IL

Elite Staffing Solutions
Wichita, KS

Marsetta Lane Staffing
Pittsburgh, PA

Partnership Employment & PRI
Valhalla, NY